11 Questions About Your School
In her book
"Angry Parents, Failing Schools: What's Wrong with the Public Schools
and What You Can Do About It", Dr. Elaine McEwan-Adkins suggests answering
these eleven questions to help determine whether there is a problem in
your community's school:
- Are your children spending increasing amounts of time with assignments that contribute little to learning?
- Are you being asked to assume teaching responsibilities that were once the teacher's job?
- Are increasing numbers of students in your community enrolled in tutoring programs?
- Are your schools using dumbed-down textbooks and assigning less independent reading?
- Are your schools using curricula and teaching methods that don't work?
- Do you have the uneasy feeling that your own children aren't learning as much as you did in school?
- Are the teachers in your schools spending instructional time on projects unrelated to academics?
- Are academic excellence and recognition of individual achievement discouraged in your school district?
- Does your district make excuses for poor or declining student achievement?
- Is your district continually implementing unproven innovations and untested curricula?
- Is your district phasing out standardized testing for new, more creative tests?
Sound like any school you know? Hmmm?
For more information:
Dr. Elaine McEwan-Adkins, a noted education writer and former administrator in the
Chicago area, has a
wealth of helpful material on her website.